What is it?

How can we bring composers and resources together to open up new opportunities, conversations and collaborations that develop career and commission opportunities and enable composers to thrive?

In Dorset, we are fortunate to have a resident symphony orchestra, notable arts organisations and festivals, all of whom work with artists and commission new work. We are also lucky to have a community of composers and artists working with sound, several of whom are nationally and internationally recognised.

The aim of this FREE seminar is to provide a platform for connection, exchange of ideas and collaborations, exploration and networking – with refreshments.

Topics covered will include:

  • Diversifying income strands – awareness of what’s out there and opportunities
  • How to collaborate and build bids with artists, theatre makers, visual artists
  • How to respond to a brief – ACE Developing Your Creative Practice
  • International practices, possibilities and extended networks

Who’s on the panel?

Dougie Scarfe is CEO of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra following a successful career as performer, Manager and Director at Opera North. Dougie is passionate about the importance of Music Education and creating opportunities for young people to learn and experience live music of all genres. He was a founder Trustee of Yorkshire Young Musicians (YYM).

Gabby Chelmicka is Relationship Manager, Music, Arts Council England, South West. Gabby has many years’ experience in the commercial music sector as freelance music consultant and producer including Production Coordinator for Dismaland. She is also module leader and tutor lecturer in music production at BIMM

Victoria Johnson, Head of Digital, Marketing and Communications, Sound and Music the charity for new music in the UK. She is an experienced marketer, producer, mentor and creator, with a particular passion for data, cultural engagement, audience inquiry and new technologies. Vic is also a Trustee of the Artists’ Union England and believes that equality is the key.

Marc Yeats, PhD Candidate at University of Leeds, WRoCAH Scholar, is a boundary pushing contemporary composer and visual artist. His works are commissioned and featured by soloists, ensembles and orchestras worldwide from New York to New Zealand and through many BBC and international broadcasts. Marc is exploring compositional possibilities with his research into timecode-supported polytemporal music.

Who’s the event for?

Entrepreneurial practitioners working in sound, composers, artists and arts organisations working with musicians

What is Culture³?

Culture+ Creative Conversations is a platform to discuss, debate and challenge the status quo. To gain inspiration, spark collaborations and revolutionise the way we work in the arts and culture. At each event, held at various venues across the county, we invite a panel of interesting and experienced people to start the debate, and extend the discussion to us all.

How to book

  • Spaces are limited. If you book and find that you are unable to attend, please cancel your ticket as soon as possible and at least 48 hours prior to the workshop. This allows us to release the booking to others that are on a waiting list

This Culture+ workshop is specifically for artists and creative practitioners based in Dorset. Culture+ is funded by Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund. It is providing support for the creative industry strand of the Dorset Growth Hub programme lead by WSX Enterprise.


Thu 31 January 2019

17:00 – 20:00


Lighthouse Arts Centre

21 Kingland Road


BH15 1UG

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